Volkswagen plans to build new Beetle, will be 'Radical Design'

We all might be seeing the all-new VW Beetle, which is due to launch at next year’s Detroit motor show, will be a "radical design", according to company sources.

Sources have told Autocar that VW hasn’t gone down the Mini route by just tweaking the car’s styling.

The Beetle’s designers  are working hard to create a new design rather than tweaking it. They are hopeful to  produce a completely fresh, modern take on the classic VW.

A hybrid is also planned, with a similar drivetrain to that of the Jetta CC from this year’s Detroit show: a 150bhp turbocharged/supercharged 1.4 with a 27bhp electric motor.

The new Beetle is expected to go on sale in the UK in May 2011. A cabriolet will follow about a year later.

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